Thursday, June 17, 2010

How To - A Kindness Challenge

Dear Friends,
One of the things about being a homemaker is our attitude towards our work and more importantly towards others.  It can be easy in today's society to develop a negative attitude with all we see in the media and also how we are treated by others, even complete strangers as we go to the store.  Even worse, the negativity all around us can become a habit with us. 

This past week a sweet friend had a sister who passed away.  I spoke with her one day and she told me her sister was going to receive care from Hospice.  I spoke with her a couple of days later and she said her sister was having some good days and she might have 3 good months left.  Then she called me and said her sister had passed the very next day. 

When my friend mentioned that her sister might have three months to live I really was hit hard with what would I do with my life if I was told that I had only three months to live.  I felt that anything on my bucket list truly no longer would really matter.  What I would want is to spend my time with family.  I also wanted to spend my time making people happy and to make people happy every day.  As I continued to think about this I felt why would I ever wait until I only had three months to live to make people happy.  Why don't I make a conscious effort to make people happy right now!  I'd like to believe I'm a good person and do my best to always do what is right, but what can I do to go out of my way to make other's happy? 

I'd like to invite you to take a look at Laura's blog, Along for the Ride, where she is hosting a 90 days of Kindness Challenge.  Laura is asking us to pray and reflect and choose one area of our life that we would like to focus on.  As I had already been thinking about this before I read her blog post, I had decided that I was going to focus on my family and work on going above and beyond in showing them extra kindness and to be the example that I want them to be.

You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own.  So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else.  You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you.  And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.  (Colossians 3:12-14)
I won't be posting all of my acts of kindness every day, but I will post from time to time about this throughout the summer.  I hope you will consider joining me in this kindness challenge.

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Alyssa said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad to see you're part of the challenge as well!
Best wishes on the next 90 days (and beyond!)

I am excited about the journey it is going to take me on. The Lord is definitely my guide on this one!



Betsy ( said...

Great post Nancy! I feel like I have daily reminders to remember how great life is! Happy Friendly Friday!

Katina said...

I LOVE this!!! Thank you so much for posting! I am visiting from Friday Follow! I am your newest Follower!!!

Karen Mortensen said...

I love this idea so much. I will look into it. It always helps if you are nice to people. I found you from Never Growing Old. It was from that over 40 follow thing.

Java said...

Hi Nancy!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting the Follow Friday 40 and Over Blog Hop!

I am now following you. And what a great blog you have!! I'm really looking forward to our friendship!!

I would also like to invite you to join the Over 40 Bloggers Club!! Take a look and join in the fun!

Have a wonderful Friday!!

Marnie said...

What a great post! All the best to you.


A 2 Z said...

Hi Nancy,

Sorry to hear about your friend's sister. When we turn 40 it sorts of happens more often that we start hearing friends of friends dying. It makes us reflect on our own lives and our futures. Its not always easy. I like your challenge. I'm a new follower and I'm happy I came for a visit. Thanks for sharing.

Anne-Marie :D

Genny said...

Saw you on a blog hop list... following!

I love this post; what a great idea!

Doreen McGettigan said...

What a great post. My husband brought up to me yesterday that he thought I may have someone to forgive. He was right so I am praying on that! I like to think I am always kind..I strive to be at all times but I do love a good challenge. I am your #101 follower. I thought that was great because I am so close to 100 followers it is making me crazy...I stopped by from FF..Have a blessed weekend! say everyone has a Story..

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Happy Friday Following! Glad to be your newest follower. Have a great weekend!

Coffee Slut said...

Happy Follow Friday from your newest follower!

Johnnie said...

I am a new follower from Friday blog hop. This is a great post! Enjoy your weekend.

Lisa said...

doing some friday following.

would love a return follow when you get the chance.

Ron Cooper said...

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My latest inspirational postings are, “As,” “The World Needs This,” “Springtime Beauty,” “The Power,” and “The Triumphant Heart.”


Laura said...

I' sorry it's taken me so long to comment on your post, but it is just beautiful! I'm so glad that you are up for the challenge. I'm sorry to hear about your friend and the loss of a sister. I cannot imagine. You're absolutely right, though, that it's important to treat those around us with kindness now...there's no better time!

Thank you so much for sharing!


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